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EUFF: Ireland | The Drummer and The Keeper

  • Ottawa Art Gallery 50 Mackenzie King Bridge Ottawa, ON, K1N 0C5 Canada (map)

Nick Kelly, 2017 | 94mins

Featuring a touching plot highlighted by topical commentary on the nature of mental illness, The Drummer and the Keeper is the feature length debut for Irish musician-turned-director Nick Kelly. Gabriel, a teenage rock drummer with a rebellious and spunky streak, is frustrated when he is suddenly diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Forced to seek treatment by his family and bandmates, Gabriel begins attending therapeutic soccer matches on the advice of his therapist. During one soccer match he strikes an unorthodox and tenuous friendship with Christopher, a neurotic but admirable goalkeeper with Asperger’s Syndrome. Although their relationship is antagonistic at first, before long, Gabriel and Christian form an unlikely bond that will change them forever.

Gabriel, un adolescent batteur de musique rock avec un côté rebel et plein de cran, est frustré lorsqu’il reçoit soudainement un diagnostic de trouble bipolaire. Forcé à suivre un traitement par sa famille et les autres musiciens du groupe, Gabriel commence à participer à des parties de soccer thérapeutiques, d’après les conseils de sa thérapeute. Lors d’une partie, il forme une amitié fragile et peu orthodoxe avec Christopher, un gardien de but névrosé, mais admirable, atteint du syndrome d’Asperger. Bien que leur relation soit antagoniste au début, Gabriel et Christopher forment rapidement un lien inespéré qui les changera pour toujours.

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